The Rock, New South Wales

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Not to be confused with The Rocks, New South Wales.
The Rock
New South Wales
View across the rail lines and silos to The Rock Hill
The Rock is located in New South Wales
The Rock
The Rock
Coordinates 35°16′0″S 147°06′0″E / 35.26667°S 147.10000°E / -35.26667; 147.10000Coordinates: 35°16′0″S 147°06′0″E / 35.26667°S 147.10000°E / -35.26667; 147.10000
Population 860 (2006 Census)
Postcode(s) 2655
Elevation 236 m (774 ft)
Location 32 km (20 mi) from Wagga Wagga
LGA(s) Lockhart Shire
County Mitchell
State electorate(s) Wagga Wagga
Federal Division(s) Farrer

The Rock is a town, with a population of 860,[1] in the Riverina region of southern New South Wales, Australia, in Lockhart Shire. It is 32 kilometres (20 mi) south-west of Wagga Wagga on the Olympic Highway.

The town is named after the hill also called 'Kengal'–lion of the plains[2]–but called Yerong in the local indigenous language. The reserve that includes The Rock Hill is an attraction in the area for bush-walking, rock-climbing, and observation of wildlife. It is also an Aboriginal sacred site, called Kengal.[3]



It is a railway junction town, being the junction point of the Boree Creek line from the Main South line. It is served twice daily by the XPT to Melbourne, and twice daily by the XPT to Sydney.

The Rock railway station

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "The Rock (L) (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2007-06-30. 
  2. ^ See, The Rock Hill – NSW; and Riverina Tourism, Lockhart surrounding towns and villages; both consulted on 20 December 2012.
  3. ^ Environment and Heritage New South Wales, The Rock Nature Reserve (Kengal).